Tips for searching What's in the Foods You Eat:
Too many results - Narrow your results by entering more keywords or more
specific keywords. For example, milk finds 349 results; milk skim
finds 23 results.
Exact phrase searching - By putting double quotes around two or more
words, you can search on an exact phrase.
Too few results - One way to expand your results is by deleting keywords
or choosing more generic words. For example, you will find more breakfast
sandwiches with egg sandwich than with McMuffin. Another way
to expand your results is by using synonyms. For example, some beverage mixes
contain the word dry and others contain the word powder. If
searching by description is not yielding the results you seek, you may wish to
look at the
food coding scheme, which provides an outline of food groups and
subgroups with their food codes. Once you have found the appropriate food
group, you can search by food code and browse through all the descriptions in
text strings are searched - Complete and partial words are matched to
search terms. For example, the keyword cola will bring you results
containing the words chocolate and capicola
in addition to soft drink, cola-type. The
search does not look for near matches, so spelling variations can play a role
The more detailed the search term, the fewer the results - Singular,
non-compound search words will return the most matches. For example, searching
on egg finds 204 records, including descriptions that contain the
words egg, eggs, eggnog, and eggplant. On
the other hand, searching on eggs finds
only descriptions where the plural form is used (31 records) and does not find
all foods that contain egg.
Fields searched - When you search by name or keyword, both main
descriptions (Descriptions column) and additional descriptions (Includes
column) are searched. When you search by number alone, only food code numbers
are searched. For example, if you want to search for 2% milk, you must enter 2%
rather than just 2.
Permitted characters - What's in the Foods You Eat searches on the
letters a - z, the numerals 0 - 9, and the special character % (for example, in
2% milk). Any other characters are ignored.
Do not add parentheses or connecting words - It is not useful to add
parentheses, because those characters will be ignored. If you add a connecting
word (and, or, not, near) between terms, your results will be limited to
descriptions containing the added text string..
Order of search terms does not matter - Word order is not important when
searching with multiple keywords (with the exception of exact phrase
searching). For example, frozen yogurt will provide the same list of
food descriptions as yogurt frozen.
Search is not case-sensitive - Words (even brand names) do not need to